Gallery review-401 richmond Toronto, Ontario

Gallery and Exhibition Review (25%)
11 February at the beginning of class (10% deduction each day for late assignment)

Gallery and Exhibition Review  a Two-Part Project (25%)
This project explores the public gallery system where artists function. This project is designed to get students to investigate and reflect on the mechanism that supports and fosters the artists production and career.

Visit the ground floor of 401 Richmond Building (cfm). It is best to do this with a couple of classmates. This way you can have a discussion along the way.

There are a number of galleries in this building. (YYZ Artist s Outlet, A Space, Gallery 44, Prefix, Red Head Gallery, etc). Although these galleries exhibit contemporary art, they are not the same type of gallery. Each one of these galleries has a unique identity (artist s run, member s run, part of a workshop) and focus (photography, print, etc). These galleries receive funding from different sources (some from government, some from members own pocket). Due to their different structures, these galleries also have different relations with their artists (some just show their work once, some has a long term relation). They also have different exhibition programs and agendas. Take these points into consideration when you visit.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wynick/Tuck Gallery  do NOT go to this gallery in the building!!!!!!!!!
they might throw you out!

Galleries are usually closed on Sundays and Mondays. Weekends are usually busy and the gallery personnel might not have time to answer your questions. Go early, around 11 am when there is less traffic.

Visit at least 4 galleries in the 401 Building. Choose one exhibition that appeals or challenges you most. Proceed on the project that includes the following two parts:
A review of the gallery that hosts the exhibition
A review of the art exhibition in the gallery

Part 1 Gallery Review (350-400 words in two paragraphs 10%)
First paragraph
Write an introduction of the gallery (name, year established, location, number of exhibition spaces, and if applicable how these spaces are used to exhibit different types of artwork, etc).
Second paragraph
Tell your reader what type of gallery it is (artist s run, member s run, etc,) What is the objective of the gallery? What is the source of funding? Does the gallery focus in a particular medium? How can an artist exhibit in this gallery? How does the gallery promote the artist s work? How many exhibitions are presented in a year?. How does the gallery decide who and what (kind of art) gets to exhibit? Who in the gallery decides? How do they decide (criteria)? You can find out some of this information from the front desk personnel or online through the gallery website. Check out the gallery website and see its archive of past exhibitions, submission/proposal requirements, mission statement, etc. This way you will get a sense of the direction and history of the gallery that will help to contextualize your writing. Be persistent on getting this information.

How you may do well in part 1
(typed, 12 pt font, double-spaced)
Answer the above questions in your writing. Imagine you are introducing the gallery to someone who wants to find out how this gallery operates within the gallery system. Perhaps your audience wants to exhibit her artwork in the gallery and would appreciate your information. Present the information to your imaginary audience in clear and coherent writing style that will engage her interest.

Part 2  Exhibition Review (600-700 words, three paragraphs, 15%)
First Paragraph
Provide some general information about the exhibition (exhibition title, artist s name/age/origin/ exhibition history, number of artworks and medium, etc).
Second Paragraph
Choose one or two artworks in the exhibition. Report and describe what you see. Be specific about this part. Describe the title(s) of the artwork, how it is made and composed. How is the artwork presented? Discuss what the artwork is about, the artist s philosophy and intention. You can obtain this information online or at the gallery (brochure, catalogue, front desk personnel).
Third Paragraph
Interpret and evaluate the selected artwork(s) according to the following:
Does the artwork successfully express the artist s intention and philosophy? Yes/no? Why?
Does the artwork challenge you or make you think? Yes/no? How?
You will need to ground your interpretation and evaluation on your description of the artwork in the second paragraph, as well as the artist s intention and philosophy. You cannot be totally subjective about this.
If you find it useful, reference what you have learned about modernism and postmodernism in this class.

How you may do well in part 2
(typed, 12 pt font, double-spaced)
Read the short art reviews in the Globe and Mail by the critic Gary Michael Dault (gallery section in Globe and Mail on Saturday) to get some ideas about how a review could be written. Link to same samples HYPERLINK
Dault s reviews are not written in the same format as the current assignment but they do demonstrate how an art critic can construct an interpretation and arrive at an evaluation on contemporary art.

Even if you may not have seen a lot of contemporary art, you should look at the artwork carefully with an open mind. You can get a lot by just looking carefully and describing what you see. Take notes about the particulars: how the artwork is put together and what kind of visual ideas or effects are produced by the artwork. If you can do this well in the second paragraph, you are building a good and convincing foundation for your interpretation and evaluation in the third paragraph.
Use your description on the artwork together with the additional information on the artist s philosophy and the knowledge you have gained from the class to advance your interpretation and evaluation.

Proofread your writing before handing it in.